SC Freiburg plans to move into its new stadium by the start of the 2020/21 season at the latest. The new stadium will cost around 76 million euros for 34,700 fans. A substantial part of the costs was financed by the sale of Çaglar Söyüncü (22), who moved to Leicester City for 21.1 million euros. It cannot be ruled out that this “investment model” will continue – because the next million-dollar jewel is already on the court!
Central defender Robin Koch (22) is the next shooting star with whom the SC could earn real money. Already in the past the SC made big profits with young players, which the club fetched cheaply and sold for a lot of money.
Koch is also showing signs of this development. And Freiburg has the best cards thanks to Jochen Saier (40). After changing from 1 FC Kaiserslautern last summer, the manager equipped Koch with a contract until 2021. Should a club want to sign the player, a transfer on the same scale as for Söyüncü would be due.
There were enough interested parties this summer. Several European top clubs had Koch on their cards. But he does not think about a change. Koch: “I am concentrating fully on my task in Freiburg before I think about planning the next step in my career”.
The value of the defender is evident on the pitch. Since Koch has been fit after muscular problems, the club has scored seven points from four games. The son of Lautern legend Harry Koch (48), who became champion with the Red Devils in 1998, matured under Christian Streich (53) to a top performer within one season.
Christian Streich Honours
- SC Freiburg-Youth
- Junior DFB Cup (3): 2006, 2009, 2011
- Under 19 Fußball-Bundesliga (1): 2008
- SC Freiburg
- Coach of the Year by Goal! Official Bundesliga Magazine: 2011–12
- Coach of the Year by Kicker: 2012–13
Also thanks to the peace and quiet that reigns in the club and its surroundings. Koch: “Freiburg is a small, manageable city. We do a lot as a team and occasionally go bowling with the team. There isn’t a party here every evening that you can go to. That’s exactly why I consciously decided to take this step – because I can develop well here.”
He was especially convinced by coach Streich, who has already formed professionals like Max Kruse, Matthias Ginter, Maximilian Philipp and Roman Bürki into top players. Koch: “The coach conducts a lot of individual discussions and shows in video sessions where we need to improve.
Koch absolutely wants that, because he has big goals. Like his father, he wants to become a champion. “That’s difficult today, of course, because the Bavarians are so dominant. But there are clubs that can do that.”
Freiburg is not one of them. But if Koch continues to develop so rapidly, the interested parties will stand in line – and in the future they will be able to contribute a part to the financing of the new arena. Malina Casino is a fabulous online network that offers its players many different options in selecting games and on payouts as well.